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    Ranitidine

    Information about Ranitidine

    Ranitidine uses

    Ranitidine is used in the treatment of acidity, heartburn, stomach ulcers and intestinal ulcers.

    How ranitidine works

    Ranitidine lowers the acid production in the stomach.

    Common side effects of ranitidine

    Fatigue, Drowsiness, Headache, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Muscle pain

    Available Medicine for Ranitidine

    • ₹3 to ₹87
      Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹3 to ₹22
      Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹3 to ₹58
      J B Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹3 to ₹30
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹3 to ₹45
      Zydus Cadila
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹3 to ₹19
      Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹45
      J B Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹56
      Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹38 to ₹55
      Ajanta Pharma Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹5 to ₹14
      Micro Labs Ltd
      2 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Ranitidine

    • Ranitidine is a well tolerated and safe medicine with a very low incidence of side effects.
    • Take Ranitidine before going to bed if you are taking this medicine once a day as it is very effective in controlling stomach acid released in the midnight.
    • If you are also taking an antacid, take it two hours before or after taking Ranitidine.
    • Avoid taking soft drinks, citrus fruits like orange and lemon, which can irritate the stomach and increase acid secretion.
    • Inform your doctor if you do not feel better after taking Ranitidine for two weeks or 14 days as you may be suffering from some other problems.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver disease. Dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.

    Frequently asked questions for Ranitidine

    Ranitidine

    Q. How is ranitidine different from omeprazole?
    Both ranitidine and omeprazole lower acid production in the stomach and are used to treat heartburn and stomach and duodenal ulcers. However, Omeprazole is seen to be more effective but has a slow onset of action. On the other hand, ranitidine provides quick relief and is sometimes used with omeprazole to help in relieving acidity for initial few days.
    Q. Is ranitidine an over the counter (OTC) drug?
    No, Ranitidine is not available as an over-the-counter product. It is a prescription medicine and is available only when prescribed by a physician.
    Q. Can I take ranitidine with azithromycin?
    Yes, Ranitidine can be taken with azithromycin. Ranitidine may be given with Azithromycin to lower the stomach acid, which may increase due to stomach irritation caused by the disease or other medicines. No drug-drug interactions or any additional harmful effects have been seen compared to when they are used alone.
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    Q. Is ranitidine gluten free?
    Yes, ranitidine is free from gluten. To know the complete list of ingredients of this medicine, please refer to the package insert of the prescribed brand before use.
    Q. Does ranitidine cause constipation?
    Yes, Ranitidine can cause constipation. It is one of the common side effect seen with the use of Ranitidine. Taking high fiber diet and plenty of fluids can help in relieving constipation and can also help in decreasing acidity.
    Q. Can I take ranitidine with prednisone?
    Yes, ranitidine can be taken with prednisone. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile have been reported compared to when they are used alone.
    Q. Can I take Ranitidine with metoprolol?
    Yes, Ranitidine can be taken with metoprolol. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile have been reported compared to when they are used alone.
    Q. Is ranitidine an antacid?
    No, ranitidine is not an antacid. It belongs to the class of H2 blockers (antihistamines) which decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach while antacids only neutralize the stomach acid by coating the stomach.
    Q. Can I take ranitidine for the treatment of allergies or hives (urticaria)?
    Ranitidine can help in decreasing the redness of the allergies or hives (urticaria) when used along with antihistaminics like cetirizine by narrowing the blood vessels. However, this is not an approved use of Ranitidine and should be used only when advised by a doctor.
    Q. Does ranitidine expire?
    Yes, Ranitidine does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack and it refers to the last day of that month. Do not use Ranitidine after the expiry date.
    Q. Can I take ranitidine with tramadol?
    Yes, Ranitidine can be taken with the tramadol. Ranitidine may be given with Tramadol to lower the stomach acid, which may increase due to stomach irritation caused by the other medicine. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile has been reported compared to when they are used alone.
    Q. Is ranitidine an antihistaminic drug?
    Yes, ranitidine is an antihistaminic drug. It acts on histamine receptors and blocks the action of a chemical messenger histamine which decreases the acid production in the stomach.
    Q. Is Ranitidine safe?
    Yes, Ranitidine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by the doctor. However, there are some very common side effects that you can experience at the doses advised like nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and flatulence
    Q. Does ranitidine contain aluminum?
    No, ranitidine does not contain aluminium. To know the complete list of ingredients of this medicine, please refer to the package insert of the prescribed brand before use.
    Q. Can I take ranitidine with doxycycline?
    Yes, ranitidine can be taken with doxycycline. Ranitidine may be given with Doxycyclin to lower the stomach acid, which may increase due to stomach irritation caused by the underlying infection or Doxycyclin. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile has been reported compared to when they are used alone.
    Q. How is Ranitidine different from lansoprazole?
    Both Ranitidine and Lansoprazole lower acid production in the stomach. However, they work in different ways and have different effects. Lansoprazole is seen to be more effective in resolving acidity, reflux, and heartburn and rapidly heals stomach and duodenal ulcers. However, the effect of these medicines may vary from patient to patient.
    Q. Which is better Ranitidine or cimetidine?
    Ranitidine is three times more potent than cimetidine which means a much lower dose of Ranitidine gives the same effect in treating your acidity as cimetidine. Also, Ranitidine does not block the action of testosterone (male hormone) and does not cause some side effects like gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) as seen with cimetidine.
    Q. Does Ranitidine interfere with H. pylori test results?
    A significant number of patients infected with Helicobacter pylori can have negative test results if they are taking Ranitidine as it interferes with the urea breath test, which is done to identify H. Pylori infection.
    Q. Can I take Ranitidine with Rabeprazole?
    Yes, Ranitidine and Rabeprazole can be taken together. As Rabeprazole show its effect after some days, Ranitidine can be taken along with for immediate relief. No drug-drug interactions or change in side effect profile has been reported when they are used together compared to either drug alone.
    Q. How is Ranitidine different from Rabeprazole?
    Both Ranitidine and Rabeprazole lower acid production in the stomach. However, they work in different ways and have different effects. Rabeprazole is seen to be more effective in resolving acidity, reflux, and heartburn and rapidly heals stomach and duodenal ulcers. However, the effect of these medicines may vary from patient to patient.
    Q. Can I smoke while taking Ranitidine?
    It is preferable to avoid cigarette smoking when you are taking Ranitidine. Clinical research studies have shown that smoking can decrease the effectiveness of Ranitidine and can also increase acid production in the stomach which can aggravate the underlying disease.
    Q. Can I take Ranitidine with sertraline?
    Yes, Ranitidine can be taken with sertraline. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile has been reported compared to the effect of the individual drug when used alone.
    Q. Does Ranitidine cause glaucoma?
    Ranitidine itself does not cause glaucoma. However, there are some rare reports that Ranitidine can increase the intraocular pressure in patients who have glaucoma. Inform your doctor in case you have glaucoma or high intraocular pressure before taking this medicine.
    Q. Can I take Ranitidine with steroids?
    Yes, Ranitidine can be taken with steroids. No drug-drug interactions or any change in side effect profile has been reported compared to the effect of the individual drug when used alone.
    Q. Can I take Ranitidine with famotidine?
    Both Ranitidine and famotidine lower gastric acid secretion by blocking the H2 receptor in the stomach. It is not advisable to take them together as they have a similar action and use and when used together, there could be an increased risk of side effects.
    Q. Can Ranitidine be used to treat gastritis?
    Yes, Ranitidine can be used in the short-term treatment of gastritis. It helps by decreasing the amount of acid released into the stomach and relieving stomach pain and acid reflux.<br><br>

    Content on this page was last updated on 06 July, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)